Our 50-seat black box theater is host to established plays, new original works, staged readings, film and musical performances.
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The studio hosts a variety of classes & workshops including: cold reading, scene study, character development, voice, monologue, on-camera, improvisation, and musical theater.

We provide a forum for local playwrights to present their work to live audiences for evaluation and feedback throughout the play development process.


August 10-12, 17-19 - POSTPONED, Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm - Crippled Inside, by Lawrence Hennessy-
      "Crippled Inside" has been postponed due to illness.

August 16, Thursday 7pm - Scene Study Classes commence
September 14-15, Friday/Saturday 8pm - Fred Marple's Guide to New England
                    (For Locals and People From Away)

September 15, Saturday - Much More Holiday Mesugas - Selections Deadline
September 21, Friday 8pm - Scene Study Class- performance
September 24, Monday 6:30pm - Writers & Actors INK

Audition - Sunday July 22 10am to 2pm, no prepared material is required.
Production - Short Play Festival, Production dates - October 12-21, 2018
For more information, download Short Play Festival - Audition Notice

    Writers ! It's time for Much More Holiday Meshugas . Every two years since 2012 The Actors Studio of Newburyport (TASN) has presented collections of original short plays and monologues focused on the winter holidays under the titles: Holiday Meshugas, 2012; More Holiday Meshugas, 2014; and Ongoing Holiday Meshugas, 2016. Our 2018 title will be Much More Holiday Meshugas .
    As we all know, the holidays are a mixed bag emotionally, logistically, and in terms of deep personal belief. Often the holidays arrive in the midst of our typically relentless life patterns, and appear in counterpoint to the issues and expectations of our daily lives. So there's plenty to write about.
    We invite you to write a short play or monologue about any of the Winter Holidays: Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, New Years, Haudeshaunne (Iroquois), or any other traditionally winter celebration. You are free to be poignant, funny, sad, ironic, sentimental, or just purely mental. The plays should be no more than 10 pages with 12-point font, and should have no more than three characters. Monologues should be no longer than four pages double-spaced. The plays will be produced in classic black box style, avoiding the need for realistic sets.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2018. Please submit three printed copies of your script with a separate title page with your personal contact info on it. Please include a brief bio. Make sure the play title is on each page of your script.
Selection Deadline: September 15, 2018. We will announce the plays to be included in our production. Final selection often is a matter of variety and overall length of show.
Production Dates: December 7, 8, & 9, 2018.
Mail Scripts to: The Actors Studio of Newburyport, 50 Water Street Mill #1, Suite # 5, Newburyport MA 01950.
Any questions can be addressed to Marc Clopton at 978-465-1229 or marc@newburyportacting.org.

Enjoy watching some of our past performances     TASN Past Performances on YouTube

Be a part of our future!     Thank you for making possible our 2014 BONS (Best of North Shore) award for "Best Small Live Venue". As we build on our accomplishments, we look to the future with a great sense of excitement and purpose. We would not be where we are without your generous support. On behalf of myself, and our Board of Directors, I invite you to be a part of our future by contributing to our 2017 Annual Appeal.
      View Full Appeal Letter here
Please click here on TASN donations via Paypal or mail your check to:
    The Actors Studio of Newburyport, The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport, MA 01950